“I’m looking forward to it actually. Just so you understand. There’s been no collusion whatsoever. There’s no obstruction whatsoever. And I’m looking forward to it,” – President Trump on the possibility of being interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, 1/24/18
FoxNews.com reports that
More than 20 White House personnel have voluntarily given interviews to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russia’s actions during the 2016 election, Fox News has learned.
A personal attorney for President Donald Trump also said the White House turned over more than 20,000 pages of records to investigators, calling the level of cooperation and transparency “unprecedented.”
According to a summary of records and witness interviews reviewed by Fox News, 17 campaign employees — plus 11 others affiliated with the campaign – also have spoken with Mueller’s team or congressional committees.
Among those who have been interviewed by Mueller’s team, or are expected to be, include former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus; former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer; White House Communications Director Hope Hicks; and former White House adviser Steve Bannon.
The new details came on the same day that reports emerged of special counsel interviews with senior members of the intelligence community, including the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats; CIA Director Mike Pompeo; and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers.
The summary document said the White House had turned over 1,601 documents totaling 5,079 pages related to the former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia. The White House also turned over 1,245 documents (7,799 pages) on former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last year.
The documents include privileged material of all kinds, according to the president’s personal attorney.
Whether Trump himself will ultimately be interviewed by Mueller has been a topic of recent speculation. Earlier this month, Trump cast doubt on that possibility, saying it wouldn’t be necessary since there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russians.
But on Wednesday, asked about an interview, Trump said he’s “looking forward” to it.
Fox News requested comment from the special counsel’s office but there was no immediate response.
Rush Limbaugh checked in with his opinion on this subject yesterday during his program.
So Mueller wants to ask Trump why he fired Comey and why he fired Flynn. You can see what kind of trap this is. Trump doesn’t owe anybody an explanation on this. But there are still people who think that they can force one out of him. I would also reject the offer, if it’s made — which I don’t think it would be. But there’s a possibility that Trump’s lawyers could say, “You know, we’ll do this, but we want it in writing. You submit your questions in writing, and then we’ll answer them in writing.”
And while some people think that would be the best way to go because there’s no pressure… You have the questions in front of you, and then you write your answers down and you review them. You edit them, and you don’t submit them until you are fully, fully confident that what you want to say and what you don’t want to say is in your answer. The problem, again, in my layman’s view of this is those written answers — whoever writes them — are, for legal purposes, written by Donald Trump.
And anything he writes down can then be used as a springboard for any other avenue or branch of the investigation. That points up another thing. They have… If Trump’s gonna do this, they had better get some really serious limitations on scope, on time. “Okay. You want to talk to me about Flynn and you want to talk to me about Kelly. But we’re not talking about the dossier. We’re not…” They can try to set the parameters. I just think it’s a rotten idea. It’s just a perjury trap, and this is the benefit of the doubt, but even if Mueller’s not setting it up as a perjury trap, it still is one.
They don’t have anything on Trump colluding with the Russians, and even if they did, that’s not a crime. They don’t have any evidence that the election was rigged, that Trump knew about it and worked with the Russians. They don’t have any evidence. So why would you give them another avenue to come at you? Which is, of course, this obstruction angle. Now, some in the Drive-By Media are speculating that this request from Mueller to talk to Trump about Kelly and firing Comey could mean that Mueller is near wrapping up his investigation.
…But he’s got 15 virulently anti-Trump people working for him who would no doubt be in on any kind of an interview, sit-down, Q&A. I was a little taken aback. I have no reason to doubt Professor Dershowitz, but I find it difficult for any human being to be that detached. A thinking, engaged human being who cares about the outcome of events every other day of the year, I just find it really hard to believe that anybody that informed, educated, engaged can then have an ambivalent attitude about where an investigation the ends up.
I’m with Rush on this one.
I think that the President should tell Mueller to go take a long walk on a short pier.
However, it’s not because I do not believe that Trump could handle himself in the interview. He has had to sit in legal interviews before.
Believe it or not, he knows when to keep his mouth shut. He would not be so successful if he did not.
My reason for not wanting him to participate in an interview with Mueller is the simple fact that he doesn’t have to.
As Rush said, there is no evidence of collusion. They have been spinning their wheels for quite some time now.
And, at this late date, with the Democrats’ well-laid plan to get rid of him falling down around their ears, Trump is in the catbird seat.
He does not have to disprove anything. Special Counsel Mueller, when it comes to “collusion with the Russians” has proven exactly two things: diddly and squat.
Logically, if you had been working on a special project for over a year and could not find any evidence to support the premise that the project was built upon, wouldn’t you go to your boss and end the project?
I have served as a Grand Jury Member on both Federal and State Grand Juries and I can tell you that those attorneys will not bring a case to the grand jury unless they have both evidence and believable witnesses.
Mueller has neither.
All he has are a bunch of Trump-hating Democratic Donating Professional FBI Bureaucrats whom he brought in as “Investigators”.
And, given the deteriorating reputation of FBI Bureaucrats, I would say that his entire team is suspect.
Don’t interview with Mueller, Mr. President.
Instead, go on National Television and declassify the “shocking”4-page memo which the DOJ does not want Congress to release.
It would be a lot less painful and a lot more effective.
And the reactions by the Democrats, their Deep State Operatives, and the Main Stream Media will be a whole lot of fun to watch.
Until He Comes,